Marathon tragedy woman is buried

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A hairdresser whose supporters helped raise more than £1 million for charity after her death in this year's London Marathon has been buried next to her brother in her home town.

Claire Squires was laid to rest in the same grave as her brother at a private burial service at St Andrew's Church in North Kilworth, Leicestershire, attended by some family members and her partner Simon Van Herrewege. Her brother Grant died at the age of 25 in 2001.

Miss Squires' parents Priscilla, known as Cilla, and Paul were not present at the burial but were attending the funeral service afterwards with her sisters Maxine, Nicola and Penny.

Penny is expected to be among those who will read a tribute during the service, with Mr Van Herrewege.

Miss Squires collapsed and died less than a mile from the finishing line of the 26.2-mile course on Birdcage Walk near Buckingham Palace on April 22.

The 30-year-old was running for the Samaritans, in recognition of the work done by her mother Cilla, who had volunteered for the charity for 24 years.

Donations to Miss Squires' JustGiving website jumped from £500 to more than £1 million in the week following her death.

Members of the congregation arriving for the service wore splashes of red, Miss Squires's favourite colour, at the request of her family. They were also handed red bands with XXX Claire XXX on to wear in return for donations to the charity Rainbows.

Dolly Parton's song Nine To Five and Toploader's Dancing In The Moonlight were played on a PA system set up outside the church.

More than 600 family and friends are thought to have attended.


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